October 18, 2012

Painting your home can be a rewarding task – and to make it a job that runs smoothly and without any unforeseen problems follow our step-by-step painting guide:

Preparing to Paint:

  • Fill any holes with filler, wait for it to dry then lightly sand the patches.
  • Scape away peeling and cracked paint then sand the area until smooth.
  • Clean the walls if they are dirty (particularly in a kitchen or bathroom) and use a damp cloth to clean the dust from the tops of doorwards and skirting boards.
  • Fill any dings and divits in the wood with wood putty, wait for it to dry, then sand smooth.
  • Use a primer – this can hide dark colors, block stains, and help your new paint job last longer. It’s also a must when painting exposed woodwork. There are many primers that adhere to glossy surfaces so you don’t have to sand first.
  • Stir the paint before you begin and don’t paint straight from the can. Pour the paint into a roller tray if you are using a roller but use a small bowl when painting with a brush. It is much easier to hold and will keep the can free of dust or particles that your brush may pick up as you work.
  • If you want to use tape buy painter’s tape and apply it in short, overlapping strips, and press down firmly along the edge to ensure a crisp line.

Painting Tools You will Need

  • A putty knife
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • A damp lint-free rag
  • Paint and a tool to open the can
  • A stirring stick
  • Angeled paint brushes
  • A small bowl to paint from
  • A roller, roller cover, roller tray, and a roller extension pole (if you have high ceilings)
  • Painter’s tape is optional
  • A drop cloth to protect the floor.

Use a good quality brush – an angle brush for painting trim, doors, cutting in and a sash brush for windows. Use a good quality roller cover and use a fresh cover for each paint job, but they can be cleaned.

This should get you started for your painting project. The next step is to go to your Geelong paint supplies shop and pick out the colour of your choice. Make sure you talk to your paint shop staff so you get the best advice possible on quantities, brands and paint products.